When I was little kid, I remember being seized by a need to feel understood and to understand others. I needed to connect. I quickly realized that life is all about relationships, and that, at the end of the day, nothing else really matters. When exploring and nurturing my relationships, I always wind up learning more about myself and taking measure of the feelings and thoughts that make up who I am. I pour a lot of myself into my writing. I have to. My approach to writing helps me to feel more understood and to understand others. It helps me connect. When I write, I take a good look at my relationships, what I’ve learned from them, and figure out what it is that I have to say about them. I figure out what it is that I have to say for myself.
It’s so incredibly rewarding for me when the people who I want to bring a script to life with really respond to what I’ve written. On every project, I work with people who I already have strong bonds with and bring on board people who I’m excited to develop partnerships with. We’re all in it together, working towards a common goal with respect for each other and having a damn good time doing so. When the project is complete, we’re thrilled to be able to share it with an audience. Staging a play or screening a film I’ve written and brought to life with my team is such a gratifying experience. They all start with my need to make and strengthen connections in life, which then brings me to my need to explore and express, which then brings me to my need to be a part of a passionate artistic community, which then brings me all the way back around to my need to connect. God, I love that cycle. Ha! Doing this work and sharing it with an audience is such an honor for me. It’s beyond exhilarating. I’ll never stop. I’m so grateful to be able to do what I do, especially with people who I admire so much and just really enjoy collaborating with.
“Being Awesome” is the movie I’ve been building towards for many years. It’s a film that I know I’ll be able to show proudly and stand behind for the rest of my life, but none of this would mean anything if it weren’t for my amazing family and friends. This movie’s for them, and this movie’s for anyone who needs to feel a little more understood.
-Allen C. Gardner